Port of Halifax receives funding to deal with truck traffic

by Canadian Shipper

The Port of Halifax has received funding to to improve commercial vehicle traffic flows and truck gate security at its two container terminals.

New technology to be implemented this year will allow trucks to more quickly transport containers to and from the Port and its customers. The transponder-based technology will also allow container terminals to enhance truck access security.

“This is great news that the Port has funding available now to move forward with better tracking of commercial vehicles. It is important that we can collect good data to ensure effective service levels,” said Ralph Boyd, President, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, upon hearing the news.

During early 2003, record container traffic at the Port of Halifax resulted in truck congestion and delays in moving containers to customers.

The funding proposal was submitted to Ottawa by the Halifax Port Authority, Ediport Atlantic Inc., Dalhousie University and IBI Group. Ediport Atlantic Inc. will receive $239,700 to implement advanced transponder applications at the Port of Halifax. An additional $125,000 will be invested between the Halifax Port Authority and Ediport Atlantic. Dalhousie University and IBI Group will provide in-kind support to launch the project this year.

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission provided letters of support in the proposal.

The Port of Halifax proposal is one of ten projects approved by Transport Canada through the Intelligent Transportation Systems R&D Program.

“The Port will use the latest technology to make our container terminals more efficient for local trucking companies and more competitive for Port customers,” said Jim Nicoll, Manager of Systems for the Halifax Port Authority. “This builds on our truck gate “web cams” and should save time and money, while allowing container terminals to improve truck traffic flows and security and provide a high degree of customer service.”

Working groups set up by the port authority to address issues for the facilicity had recommended solutions such as “web cams” which were introduced to assist trucking companies with scheduling. The “Vehicle Access Management System” funding proposal was submitted to Transport Canada in September 2003.

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